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NSA Claims To Curtail Upstream Surveillance

On Friday April 28th, the NSA released a statement in which the agency declared that they would be ending certain “upstream” surveillance gathering under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Section 702. Upstream is a collection of four programs, which include FAIRVIEW, BLARNEY, STORMBREW, and OAKSTAR. Each company collects telephone and internet data directly from the internet backbone. The Upstream ... Read More »

Police Studied IDC Financial Crime for Years

On April 28, Italian news outlets published a breaking story that spread rapidly. Authorities in Lecco, Italy, announced a pivotal moment in an undercover operation into an entire dark web forum. The forum, Italian Darknet Community (IDC), functioned as both a forum and marketplace—and given that it appeared on many darknet marketplace lists, many knew IDC as only a darknet ... Read More »

Previously Convicted Bitcoin Trader Arrested For The Possession Of Ammunition In The US

US law enforcement authorities arrested a man for illegally possessing ammunition in Mesa, Arizona. Thomas Mario Costanzo, a.k.a. “Morpheus Titania”, was arrested on April 20 during a multi-agency federal task force raid on his apartment in Mesa, Arizona, the United States, for possessing ammunition illegally. Possessing ammunition is legal in the state of Arizona, however, since the suspect was previously ... Read More »

Officials to “Keep Up“ With Synthetic Identity Fraud

According to reports from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, cases involving “synthetic identities” are among the fastest growing forms of identity fraud in the United States. U. S. Attorney John Horn announced that the Attorney’s Office will keep up, or at least remain current, with the fraud. While reports of synthetic identity use date back ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup May 14, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: There are over 150,000 unconfirmed bitcoin transactions Unconfirmed bitcoin transactions reached an all-time high this week, as according to Blokchain.info the number got as high as 160,000 – at the time of press, there are currently 156,900. It isn’t yet clear what caused a spike in the number of ... Read More »

AFP Illegally Accesses a Cellphone, Causes “Data Breach”

In March 2015, Australia’s data retention law (Scribd) passed with support from both sides. The law required telecoms and ISPs to keep customer metadata for two years. It also brought new requirements for accessing journalist metadata. Law enforcement, including the Australian Federal Police (AFP), must apply for a Journalist Information Warrant before examining examining metadata. A mere two weeks after ... Read More »

Ransomeware Hackers Launch Global Assault

Computer systems in dozens of countries were locked down on Friday, in an attack cybersecurity experts said made use of a software vulnerability that the US National Security Agency had allegedly exploited earlier. Among those caught up in the attacks were American delivery giant FedEx, and the UK’s National Health Service, which reported 16 hospitals or clinics shut down and ... Read More »

New OSX Malware Uses Tor and a MITM Proxy

Years ago, many believed Apple’s OSX was immune to viruses or malware. However in 2014 and 2015, this notion changed even though Mac specific infections existed since the early 2000s. But between 2014 and 2015, reported infections more than doubled. But because of timely security updates, among other factors, MacOS or OSX still remained more secure than some alternative operating ... Read More »

Italy Watched the Italian Darknet Community Since 2016

On Friday, April 28, the Central Operational Service and Lecco Police conducted a series of arrests as part of an international drug investigation. Lecco News reported the event live as law enforcement in Lecco held a press conference that explained the unfolding events. In the Police Headquarters Meeting Room, the Lecco chief prosecutor, Antonio Chapman, told reporters that the “operation ... Read More »

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Federal Prison Inmates Downloaded Child Porn On A Cloud

Five inmates at a federal prison in New Jersey, the United States, were downloading and watching child pornographic material using smuggled cell phones, while they were behind the bars. According to the court documents, the five suspects were downloading and swapping videos and photos of children being abused, including toddlers and babies. The inmates allegedly downloaded the illicit material on ... Read More »

Past Customer Of Shiny Flakes Sentenced To Probation

The District Court of Schwabach sentenced a German man to probation and to pay a fine for ordering narcotics from the already convicted vendor Shiny Flakes. Shiny Flakes, AKA. Maximilian S., was arrested at the end of February 2015 for running a vendor shop selling drugs on both the darknet and on the clearnet (the “normal” part of the internet ... Read More »

Concerns Over Transformed Alarm Weapon Sales On The Internet In Portugal

Portuguese authorities expressed their concern over the sale of transformed alarm weapons on the internet. According to the police report, citizens in Portugal search mostly for those of Turkish origin. Transformed alarm firearms, which are illegal to be sold or possessed, can be easily acquired on the internet, and are one of the biggest concerns of the Polícia de Segurança ... Read More »

Darknet Vendor Faces “Many Years” for 3,700 Sales

In July 2016, a postal office in lower Franconia intercepted a package of suspected narcotics. They forwarded the information and package to the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). Then, over a significant period of time and “with great effort,” the BKA made serious headway in the investigation. They traced the package to a house wherein they found 600 grams of ... Read More »

Feds to Fight Child Pornography on the Dark

According to the Department of Justice, “The expansion of the Internet has led to an explosion in the market for child pornography.” This is nothing new to DeepDotWeb readers; we covered Operation Pacifier and continue to monitor those cases. Taskforce Argos took down The Love Zone, another CP forum—and we covered the arrests and the investigation itself. Now, after a ... Read More »